Gregory Juxt - Rapid Look
Not a full test, but a quick run through of the Gregory Juxt, a technical daysac from one of the best known US pack brands that's now available on this side of the Atlantic too.
Posted: 21 June 2005
Gregory Juxt - Rapid
Weight: 1300 grammes (one size only)
28 litre capacity
Exo-Frame technology, with I-beam ventilation, all terrain
harness, low profile waist belt, spacious front pocket,
stretch size pockets, top loading, water-resistant zippers,
cross over compression system, hydration sleeve and port,
twin removable ice axe loops and keeper straps, ski tail
stabilisers, auto draiding stretch side pockets.
New to Gregory's range for 2005 and new to the UK
as well, the Juxt is a technical day pack from one of the best known
pack brands over there and now it's over here as well. With a
capacity of 28 litres plus an overloading stretch back pocket and
side pockets, it's very much a day sac and the ice tool straps give a
big clue as to where its aimed. Think mountain walking, climbing and
skiing. The sort of activities where you might carry a small but
fairly heavy load.
As with the excellent G-Pack we tested
a few months back, the Juxt has been thoroughly thought through with
lots of nice detail touches. Take the stretch fabric panels at the
side of the hood that help it sit neatly or the neat pocket on the
lefthhand side of the hip-belt, or strategically-positioned tough
Hypalon patches in high wear areas.
What the Americans excell at though, are harnesses and back
systems and the heart of the Juxt is the Exoframeback system, a big
plastic - sorry HDPE - plate that sits outside the pack but behind
the main lumbar padding. As with the G-Pack it's designed to take a
decent load and transfer it efficiently to your body. There's a
central channel for ventilation too. The harness is thin but dense
foam, which experience tells us works best for a combination of long
term comfort and efficiency.
The other main stand-out feature is a big back pocket with a
full-length zip that's ideal for stowing waterproofs and other spare
clothing for easy access.
In Action This is by no means a full test of the Juxt, but as
with the G-Pack we were highly impressed with the build quality and
the thought that's gone into the design of the sac. Much of it is
pretty standard issue - tool loops and compression straps for example
- but well done just the same.
The sight of the rigid plastic plate sandwiched under the foam
padding of the back system is a little off-putting, but a brief
try-out showed that it's very supportive and up to relatively heavy
loads in day pack terms. It hugged the contours of our back neatly
which made for great load transfer, but felt a little firm, so if you
like a soft carry, look elsewhere. We suspect you're sacrificing a
little comfort for stability and load carrying here.
Talking of which, stability is good, which will be welcome on rough walk-ins and on the rock too and the narrow profile should
work well in cramped, tight spaces.
The Juxt is less radical than the ultra-lightweight G-Pack, but still
an extremely well made and designed year-round day sac. Support and
stability are great, though the carry will be a little firm for some
users and touches like the expandable rear pocket work well. At
£90 it's not cheap, but our gut feeling is that it'll last the
course better than most and looks like a neat, capable technical
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